(Reuters) - A jury in a South Carolina state court on Monday awarded $8.1 million to a former adviser who sold his wealth management business to BB&T Corp and later alleged that the bank mismanaged his retirement nest egg with a risky strategy, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The verdict, reached on Monday afternoon by a jury at the Court of Common Pleas for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Greenville, South Carolina, included $3.1 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages, the person said.
A spokesperson for BB&T Corp. and its lawyers could not be immediately reached for comment. A lawyer for the plaintiff, declined to comment.
Reporting by Suzanne Barlyn; Editing by Chris Reese